Jenny West, was born in 1940, went to Chelsea Art school at the age of 16, and then attended the Slade School of Art, studying printmaking in Paris. She taught in art schools and ran an art department. She also made portrait commissions in clay which were cast in bronze. She then discovered wood carving, both reliefs and free-standing sculptures, which she continues to create. An artist in her own right, Jenny is the also the daughter of Jocelyn Herbert, a revolutionary figure in stage design. Herbert profoundly influenced British theatre design. West worked closely with her in the making of the Oresteia masks.